Wireless sensor networks for healthcare

Jeonggil Ko, Chenyang Lu, Mani B. Srivastava, John A. Stankovic, Andreas Terzis, Matt Welsh

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Driven by the confluence between the need to collect data about people's physical, physiological, psychological, cognitive, and behavioral processes in spaces ranging from personal to urban and the recent availability of the technologies that enable this data collection, wireless sensor networks for healthcare have emerged in the recent years. In this review, we present some representative applications in the healthcare domain and describe the challenges they introduce to wireless sensor networks due to the required level of trustworthiness and the need to ensure the privacy and security of medical data. These challenges are exacerbated by the resource scarcity that is inherent with wireless sensor network platforms. We outline prototype systems spanning application domains from physiological and activity monitoring to large-scale physiological and behavioral studies and emphasize ongoing research challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5570866
Pages (from-to)1947-1960
Number of pages14
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Srivastava received the President of India s Gold Medal in 1985, the NSF Career Award in 1997, and the Okawa Foundation Grant in 1998. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Sigmobile Mobile Computing and Communications Review, and as an Associate Editor for the ACM/IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NETWORKING, and the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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